AN AMAZING announcement was recently made to the English Press
with reference to the resignation, by Dr Aked, of his pulpit ina
Presbyterian chapel at San Francisco, and the presidentship of the
San Francisco Church Federation. It appears that the Presbyterian
Association called the attention of the San Francisco Federation to
a sermon preached by Dr Aked, in which he is said to have denied
belief in the Immaculate Conception, and on that ground it held
that he could no longer be recognised as the official
representative of the Evangelical societies of the city. Obviously,
the Press Agency has confused the Immaculate Conception with the
Virgin Birth, and we are inclined to think that they are not alone
in possessing hazy notions on these two distinct articles of
belief. More than once in conversation with laymen of the type that
is prepared to deliver judgment on any theological proposition . .
. we have observed the speakers to be under the impression that the
Virgin Birth was made an article of belief when the dogma of the
Immaculate Conception was decreed in the last century. So it is not
at all surprising that the ludicrous error concerning Dr Aked was
repeated in English newspapers, apparently without a shred of
suspicion in regard to its accuracy.
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